Another month down!
This month wasn’t anywhere near as crazy as April reading wise. I’m back to a normal amount of books read 😅
Books Read: 15
Pages Read: 5,070
1. To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters ⭐⭐⭐
I had really high hopes for this book and sadly it didn’t quite live up. I loved this premise – it follows a married couple trying to win the attention of the other through ridiculous pranks – and I’ve obsessed with historical romances this year. But this one was overdone and went on way longer than it needed to. I have a full review coming later this week if you’re curious about my full thoughts!
2. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane ⭐⭐⭐
Aaaand the disappointing rom-coms continued. This was another premise I was really excited about because it involves fake dating which is a trope I love in rom-coms! But this book was so slow and quite honestly kind of boring. This book didn’t even get to what the synopsis describes until almost the half way point… And then the end was just eye-roll-worthy and cringey.
3. Wrapped in Love (Boys of Jackson Harbor #4) by Lexi Ryan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the fourth book in this series and follows the oldest Becker brother. I was pretty nervous going into this because the heroine is one of my least favorite characters from the previous books, but this was actually really cute! It’s a friends to lovers, forced proximity romance and it was full of tension and angst.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Valentine PR! This is the first book in Lexi Ryan’s newest romance series and while I didn’t love it as much as the prequel novella, this was still a really fun, steamy, and angsty read. I really liked the female friend group in here so I’m excited to read all of their upcoming books!
5. Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2) by Alisha Rai ⭐⭐.5
Oh look another rom-com bust… This was a massive miss for me. I was so bored while listening to this and never connected to either character. While I absolutely love the representation in this series, I haven’t actually like either book I read so I’ve decided to call it quits with this series.
6. The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs Alaska #1) by Sarah Morgenthaler ⭐⭐⭐.5
And the streaked continued. This was another rom-com I was super hyped for. It’s a small-town Alaskan romance between the “grumpy” restaurant owner and tourist. This had glimpses of greatest and there were definitely times I laughed out loud. But this hero drove me absolutely insane with his unnecessary physical violence and outbursts. I’m still really excited for the sequel later this year because I adored this setting and side characters!
7. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban ⭐⭐
And after a bunch of mediocre books I read one of my new least favorite books of the year… This book was such a hot mess. It was simultaneous boring as all getup yet impossible to follow. This had so many characters, an obnoxious privileged group of teenagers, and the most ridiculous twists ever. And that ending… ugh.
8. The Guest List by Lucy Foley ⭐⭐⭐.5
I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for this latest mystery by Lucy Foley, and it was definitely a solid read! While I was completely blown away by this one, it definitely had me invested the entire time. It’s a very slow burn, whodunit mystery. But I thought the ending itself was a little flat. I wanted one more shock or reveal!
9. Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was a little nervous going into this because I read some pretty negative reviews saying this was essentially a repeat of book 1. And I didn’t get that at all! I absolutely loved this sequel and thought Hattie was an amazing heroine! I’m so excited I just got an arc of book 3 because I want more of this series asap!
10. The Better Liar by Tanen Jones ⭐⭐
This was a massive, massive bust. I liked essentially nothing about this book. I thought the book was a huge drag, predictable, and insensitive. I hated the twists and thought most of them painted mental illness in a terrible light. I wanted to shake these characters I was so frustrated with them by the end. Major nope.
11. Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve been sleeping on Kennedy Ryan’s books which is travesty. This book was amazing! This had badass, diverse characters, strong relationships, meaningful messages, and romance that gave me all the butterflies. I can’t wait to read more from this author immediately!
12. Wild At Heart (Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I finally read this sequel! This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 but after reading some less than rave reviews, I was nervous about picking it up. I listened to this on audible and read the entire thing in 2 days. I loved being back with these characters so much!
13. Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book/series have been crazy hyped in the romance community and for good reason. This book was so much fun! I love the idea of taking classic fairytale villains and making them the hero of the romance. This book was sexy and feminist and damn good time.
14. Revelry by Kandi Steiner ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kandi Steiner is one of my favorite romance authors and I nearly forgot about this book of hers. I was writing an upcoming T10T post, found this book, and decided to read it on Audible Escape. The narration was amazing and the story itself was so heartfelt and romantic. I love a grumpy, misunderstood hero and this definitely had that in spades.
15. Cheesy on the Eyes (Slice #4) by Teagan Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Teagan Hunter’s book never cease to put a smile on my face. I was so excited when this appeared on my Kindle and I had to start it immediately. This is Sully’s story while I’ve been desperate for since book 2. This was another super fun and steamy addition to the Slice series.
I hope you all had an amazing reading month! What was your favorite book of May??